Sunday, April 25, 2010
Nice move, Arizona. Virginia, you too are on the list. I think it only fair that since most Germans weren't fighting to eradicate the Jews, the Gays, the Disabled, and the Roma in WWII there should be a Nazi History Month. After all, the Nazi's fought hard and Germans should be able to honor their relatives. The war was about a lot more than just Genocide. Uncle never pulled a lever in a gas chamber, amirite? Fly that swastika flag and be proud of your "heritage".
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I can't say anything that other people have said so much better than I ever could. I just remember watching the "Making of Thriller" video about 300 times in one weekend and then practicing the moonwalk (horribly) all of the time, afterward. Like Michael Jordan, he is the only other person I am so bummed that I was never able to see live, performing at the top of their game. Rest in peace, Mike.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
For all these wonderful, patriotic Americans who feel it must be their duty to protest their tax decrease, I have a question? Why the fuck were you not out there for the last eight years when government was growing at an exponential rate? Oh wait, I know the answer. They were Republicans, so that makes it A.O.K. As Matt Taibi wrote, rich people who completely fucked us over can never be the problem, like all good peasants they must prove fealty to their masters. No wonder they are represented so well by Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Bachmann, they need to go back to the dangerous rhetoric that results in cops being murdered by the base. It is all they have. Should be a fun few years.
Posted by Jack Burton at 11:40 PM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
O.K. I have mainly stayed away, in terms of gun violence. I like guns. I think they are pretty cool, for the most part. But here's the deal, they fucking kill people. So, in the past month, there have been a ton of spree killings. Today, some asshole killed 13 people in cold blood for whatever reason. The right wing would have you believe that if only citizenry would be armed to the teeth, this sort of thing would never happen. Fuck that. Here's the reality. In Oakland, California, some punk motherfucker killed four cops. Including two elite SWAT team members. What is Joe Dumb ass gonna do against something like that? So here is the deal: If two highly trained swat members could get capped by some loser who is afraid to go to jail, what would some scared out of shape civilian be able to do against some jackass who is determined to kill everyone they possibly can? I am not even going to link the statistics of other countries that have like, 20 people killed a year by guns. We all know. We in America have way too much gun violence in this country. There is a reason police forces want to have stricter gun control laws here. Guns kill people, especially easily concealable handguns. Today a bunch of innocent people who just wanted to be goddamned Americans got it. When are we going to wake up? Every country that has restrictions on firearms has a significantly lower rate of death from gun violence. Is the U.S. the home of just tiny dicks? Because honestly, I don't see any other reason for this stupid fetish. I have a relative who is a cop who refuses to keep a gun in the home because he knows that it is just too dangerous. I am sick of being nervous every time I go to school that some tiny dicked asshole is gonna be pissed at having a bad grade in whatever and come after me and mine. Oh yeah, gun dicks, if the government ever decides to go after you, your Desert Eagle is gonna have little effect if a Cobra gunship is at your door. Pussies.
Posted by Jack Burton at 10:48 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I am so glad that U.S. policy is still being decided through the prism of whatever is right for Tel Aviv, is right for us. But this was a big chunk for AIPAC to bite out of, a lot of capital to expend so we do not look at the issue in an evenhanded way. It would be awful if the NIE's kept coming out which support the fact that Iran is not a threat to anyone (like Iraq but they got their wish). They won the battle but the war is going to change. There will be more Chas Freeman's, the Lobby can only obstruct for so long before people start to see what is going on. The Neoconservatives' clock is ticking as we see with this desperate move and they have to know it. Schumer, Emanuel, Lieberman, and The New Republic will have to answer why our interests so often take a back seat to a country that does absolutely nothing for us except stoke intense anger by people who, normally would not give two fucks about us. Thus making our country less safe.
Posted by Jack Burton at 12:37 AM
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Remember how I was all like, "Basketball, what's that?", about two months ago? Well, as the king of hyperbole I seem to have found my bearings again for the season and am in full force. It could be that I am seriously considering not being a Packer fan as the organization is apparently thinking the model for success is the last presidential administration. Which included hiring fucking Ari Fleischer as a consultant during the Favre saga which tells you exactly how they think in regards to splitting the most loyal fan base in the NFL. Or it could be that this is going to be the craziest tournament, ever!!1!1! With the amount of upsets that have already occurred it should be madness. I watched like 80 hours of conference tournaments this weekend so I feel I am ready. Also, have there ever been three #1's from the same conference before?
For the record my Final Four picks are:
-Wake Forest in the Midwest. Louisville is good but I just don't see it. I also hate Pitino's white suit thing he sometimes wears. What an easy sectional(?). Does that mean that Louisville is the number one #1? Bullshit.
-UConn and Marquette would have been great, but both are missing star players so I will go with Memphis in the West, even though they come from the weakest conference ever. Maybe Washington could slip through as well.
-In the East exists the strongest sectional(?) by far. This is where, of course, the Badgers are in and will be drummed out by their Champs Sports bowl opponents in the first game, as usual. They should not even be in the tournament as they are a weak team (speaking of weak conferences). Fuck Duke. I will go with Pitt here but they are known chokers so I feel a ton of ambivalence about it.
-Finally, in the South I may get my wish for a Oklahoma-Carolina match up. If that happens Psycho T. will probably sit out and I don't think the Tarheels' truly best player, Lawson, will be fully healed and so will be dealing with his injury the entire tournament. Which is too bad but the Sooners are coming out of the South. Blake Griffin is the man and I see him just going crazy. They also have a decent point guard who needs to play exceptionally well in order for them to advance.
-Sooners win the whole thing, as I said long ago. I can't wait for Thursday.
Posted by Jack Burton at 10:40 PM
Hopefully the good people of my sweet, beloved, Gracie's country get rid of the last dregs of the Reagan era right wing death squads. Reagan was truly a great man and the hundreds of thousands who disappeared in the 80's should be truly grateful, if they weren't dead. Oh yeah, what did Cuba and Venezuela do to us again and why should I be scared?
Posted by Jack Burton at 5:39 PM
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I don't know anything much about this Rihanna thing. But if there is any justice in the world, Jay-Z puts a hit out on that motherfucker right quick. Since he seems to be one of the few in the hip hop community to actually be like, "Wrong." Domestic abusers always do it again and the abusees always come back. Usually until the abuser goes to jail, someone finally leaves, or the abusee gets killed. It is a horrible cycle of violence that makes me, deep down on a visceral level, if I actually had a say, which totally is not the appropriate response or thought at all, would be: Rihanna, you are a beautiful young woman and it is so fucking not dumb, but fucking typical to be doing this. Little girls and young women look up to you and I think your actions thus far, at least subconsciously, have given them a feeling of, "It's OK to get my ass beat by a punk ass like that, he really loves me." Which makes this whole thing so goddammed tricky, because it is never that easy to leave, apparently. So she is really just acting like most victims, and that is kind of the saddest part, because it doesn't matter how strong a person may seem to be or actually is. It always seems to follow the same pattern. And please, can one motherfucking celebrity in that community, be it athlete, rapper, comedian, or actor condemn his ass, please? Other than Hova? This is not some "misunderstanding" or "passionate people" deal. (Yeah, I'm looking at you, Kanye.) This is deadly serious and it makes me wonder how often this happens and it is never reported by some of these guys. Like, it probably would not have been that big of a deal if it was Jenny, a random girl, and not Rihanna, a huge pop star.
Bad world right now, gonna be a storm soon.
Posted by Jack Burton at 12:09 AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ THE COMIC. Or who wants to see the movie unsullied. Aww, who am I kidding, no one reads this anyway.
I am excited for Watchmen, I really am. I just have an overwhelming feeling that this is just like the excitement that I felt in 1999 when a certain little prequel was coming out. Oh, was that a heady time. It was so much fun anticipating and dreaming of how cool it was going to be. My roommates and I went on opening night full of early 20's excitement and walked out almost angry. "How could that loser rape our precious childhood like that?" was the overwhelming feeling. Jar Jar was even worse than the reviews were describing him, and the kid, oh the kid. It was just a really, really bad movie.
Why do I feel the same disturbance in the force about Watchmen? Well, look at the picture above. Look at the actor playing Ozymandias. Sure, he looks like he may be the world's smartest Macaulay Culkin. But does he look like a world class athlete who can easily overpower and kill a professional bad ass like The Comedian(who does look pretty awesome above, but no Gimp mask, ever?)? Or fend off Rorschach in such an aloof, nonchalant, hilarious style near the end? I don't think so! Who I do like: The actors who play The Comedian, Rorschach, both Silk Spectres, and Night Owl II. Fun Fact: Both of the actor's who portrayed NO2 and Rorschach were in the movie Little Children, which is a really good movie. Also, I give props to Snyder that NO2 is still a bit fat.
Continuing on, why does Nite Owl II look like Batman from the George Clooney era? Why does Ozy have nipples on his costume like the same? The costumes are not supposed to be the slick, streamlined outfits that these are. In the comic they look homemade, a little crappy, not form fitted to the body. These look pure Joel Schumacher. Meaning kind of, um, flamboyant? I do, shocking I know, enjoy better the look of both Silk Spectre I and II as represented in the pictures I have seen so far.
Which brings me to this point: Zack Snyder. OK, I liked Dawn of the Dead, at least the beginning. It was a pretty good zombie movie. But let's talk 300, the movie that got him to this point. That barely veiled allegory which all the eliminationist right wingers have orgasms over. For good reason. It was all of their killing brown people in the name of, something, fantasy that they could ever wish for. But it seemed that was the whole point, other than showing off chiseled dude bodies in various modes of undress. I am going to steal a quote from Sarah Silverman, "That movie 300? Turns out, how they got that title was they measured how gay it was on a scale of one to ten." Which is what made the love by the righties so funny. But Arabs (really not-Arabs, I know) were killed in a variety of gruesome ways, and that is always awesome for them. So, there is that.
Finally, I can deal with no squid, I really can.
Oh God, I tried, I really did. I cannot lie, the whole narrative is fucked without it and there is no reason for so many things in the story now.
1. I still don't know how they can tie up why Ozy needs to kill Edward Blake, which sets up the whole "Mask Killer" thing.
2. There would be no island where The Comedian witnesses the "project" being constructed, which piques his interest and where he uncovers the insane plot.
3. Dr. Manhattan is an American asset, strictly American. He has shown allegiance only to the U.S. and its' interests. He may look at humans as inconsequential ants and such but he is still the face of America. I could see him bugging out and heading to Mars if he thought he gave people cancer but no, not destroying cities(?) all over the world.
4. Since Dr. Manhattan is a strictly American asset, why would the USSR, who are on the brink of war with America, ever believe that the blue guy went rogue? Just because his fuck buddy left him and he gave Moloch, that other guy, and Janey cancer? It makes no sense.
Last finally, I really mean it this time. I really hate slow motion filming. Once or twice is fine, but where it makes the entire movie 25 minutes longer because of it? No. I am afraid that this movie will be bad, but I will say the hype and the marketing has been pretty damn good. I guess that is half the fun when one needs a distraction from stress of life and longs for NOSTALGIA of younger days.
Posted by Jack Burton at 10:25 PM
Thursday, February 19, 2009
"I have to fulfill a promise to an old friend" I hope Desmond kicked his lying ass. I really hope Penny is ok, after all it took for Des to get to her. How many times now has Ben gotten beaten by someone? He better not have, is all I am saying. But Faraday's Mom did say the island was not done with Des, so......That is all.
Posted by Jack Burton at 6:54 PM
Um, since I have only seen Slumdog and the Dark Knight I feel I have as much knowledge on the matter as that host who replaced Ebert on At the Movies. The Dark Knight was only nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger and some other minor stuff so it doesn't really count. Since Madea Goes Wherever wasn't nominated, here are my choices. So for Best Picture: Slumdog! I loved the color, the soundtrack, the actors and did I mention Frida Pinto? The way the story is told through flashbacks is totally amazing. I also dug the host of Indian Millionaire, he was cool as was the Lieutenant in the police scenes. This is the first movie since American Beauty where I had no idea going in what it was about and walked out feeling really, really good.
Best Director: Danny Boyle, who did masterful work with Sunshine, Trainspotting (Begbie!), a movie I did not see, but heard is awesome; Millions, and 28 Days Later (liked the sequel better though, Begbie!).
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger! I didn't see any of the other nominees' movies and I really liked him in Brokeback. That's it. I saw nothing else and I hate wrestling wife beaters of teenage fantasy Guess models. So fuck that guy, and his face hasn't been beaten in enough. Should be fun.
Posted by Jack Burton at 5:46 PM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Yep, I am sure the top cartoon has absolutely nothing to do with the racist caricature that the cowards have been putting forth for decades. I had a much angrier post in mind but what's the point? They will always be this way and no amount of derision or understanding will change that. A major newspaper showing a shooting of a monkey (Obama is the face of the stimulus package) by two white cops. It is hopeless. It really is. Yes, I am aware an ape was shot yesterday for ripping the hands off of a poor woman. Plausible deniability.
Posted by Jack Burton at 7:03 PM
Monday, February 16, 2009
Oh man. I read, over the space of the last two days, a pretty good (but very long) article on Chris Battier of the (who knew?) Houston Rockets. I hate to say it, but I am starting to have a grudging respect for him now. He seems to be a defensive stopper and........ah fuck it. I still can't get out of my head the memory of that douchebag my friends and I used to play outdoor basketball with who screamed the title of the post anytime he was near the ball or shooting or breathing. He wore his baseball cap while playing, backwards naturally. I don't think I played enough with him to engender my total annoyance turning into a hard pick where hard feelings are had, but man was he a tool. I am sure one of those tools who never was closer than a thousand miles to Duke but rooted for them anyway as he had to settle for Michigan Tech. The Notre Dame of college basketball, I tell you.
But any way, Battier speaks about how since he was bi-racial the White kids at his school didn't know what to do with him and the Black kids in the hood thought he played White. The article then kind of illustrates that is still kind of the way it is for him in the NBA now. I almost felt, something like pity and understanding. But then I realize he probably makes over 10 mil. a year and can probably spend the whole off season in Jamaica crying his eyes out while having almost no stats, whatsoever. He should have went to Kentucky and then I would probably emphathize more and I would be screaming his name as I took it hard to the hoop, with my hat on backwards.
Posted by Jack Burton at 9:38 PM
I am watching Henry Louis Gates' "African American Lives" right now on PBS. It is a show that traces Black peoples' genealogy throughout their history. He is a preeminent Black historian who just found out he is essentially half white. He is so disappointed at this news. "I have the blues", he laments, "And can I still have the blues?". Because, you see, he is half white and feels he has lost something of himself. He even wonders if he will get only half reparations. Damn fool. Not so much for this show, but for an article I read in Time a few weeks ago. That lame "10 Questions from readers" thing they do. One of the questions was, "Is it right for African-Americans to use the N-Word?" He replies that he has heard Black people saying it since he was young and doesn't have a problem with Black people saying that word. Not offensive at all. But not when a non-Black person uses it. Then it is offensive. Stupid ass. I have heard the arguments, it is like gay people calling themselves faggots and the like, takes away the stigma and all that. Fuck that, I cringe when I hear Black people saying it just as much as when a White person says it. We should be beyond that and it makes people sound really fucking ignorant whenever it is said. Not that I give two shits, but it is also a common lament among the casual racists I have been around for them to complain that, "They can use that word, why can't we?" That should be enough right there. And this guy is the "preeminent" African American historian of our times.